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Greening Brownfields for Ecological Enhancement

The connection between brownfields and sustainability is particularly strong for properties with the potential for conversion into ecologically valuable lands. This opportunity is best for properties with low redevelopment potential, low market demand and a high cost for resolving environmental issues. (See “Rural Surplus Properties,” BNSD, Feb. 2008) Ecological restoration of brownfields can recapture value through sale, charitable contribution, tax reduction from original use, or green carbon credits. Ecological restoration ranges from the creation of parks and recreation areas to certification as a wildlife habitat area or donation to a land trust for long-term wildlife protection. Urban brownfields in gas station-sized parcels can be suited to greening as small parks. Although not large enough for active physical activities, they can provide a home to urban wildlife and green space for the community. Larger tracts can be converted to city parks and recreation areas. Some old landfills work well as naturalized…Log In to Read Full Article

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